Stephenie Young

Stephenie Young

Professional Details

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: MH-228
Phone: 978-542-7258

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1664 S1 ENG787 The Literature of Genocide
3100 03 ENL161 Literature II: Reading Closely
3101 04 ENL161 Literature II: Reading Closely
3924 D1 ENG787 The Literature of Genocide
4129 D3 ENG876 Directed Study

Professional Biography

Academic Biography:

Currently an associate professor and coordinator of the Master of Arts in English program, I joined the faculty of SSU in the fall of 2008. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and earned my B.A. in Art History from California State University, Long Beach. I am particularly interested in the aestheticization and narrativization of violence, primarily in Latin America and the Balkans.

My co-edited collection with Adele Parker Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing  was published by Rodopi in January 2013. In addition to my published articles and book chapters on Latin America and Eastern Europe, I am currently researching a book project about the development of an aesthetics of violence through visual narratives produced in post-conflict regions including Bosnia and Herzegovina and Argentina. I am also working on the following: a book chapter on the oral testimony from the Kestenberg Archives housed at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an essay on the photographic narratives of Srebrenica as viewed through the lens of two contemporary photographers working out of Sarajevo. 

Recent News:

Thanks to a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, I will have the opportunity to conduct research in Argentina and Chile in late spring 2014 to work on a chapter of my book about visual and textual narratives that highlight the relationship between aesthetics and violence in the aftermath of traumatic events, such as dictatorship and war. I will also use this time to develop a course on Latin American narratives of dictatorship and violence to be taught for the SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in fall 2015. 

In spring 2014 I am leading a community reading workshop called "Muslim Journeys" at the Peabody Institute Library (Peabody, MA) sponsored by the NEH. The fourth meeting will take place on Monday, April 7th at 7pm--the book to be discussed is Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie.

I am co-teaching a study and travel institute to Poland in late July 2014 with Professor Chris Mauriello of the History department. For more info about the trip see:

With Dr. Erin McGlothlin of Washington University St. Louis, I will co-lead a two-week Summer Research Workshop titled Literary Responses to Genocide in the Post-Holocaust Era at The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C

Professional Interests

20th/21st century Latin American Literature and Culture

Literature and Comparative Genocide

Post-WWII Literature from southeastern Europe

Problems of Memory

Experimental Testimony (especially conflict/post-conflict narratives)


Aesthetics and Violence

Women's Writing/Transnationalism

Literary Theory  

The Holocaust


Graduate Coordinator of the M.A. in English

Steering Committee member of the SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Selected Publications

Edited Collection. Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing. (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2013).

“Transnationalism and a Post-Yugoslav Writer,” in Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing. New York: Rodopi Press.(New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2013)

"Yugonostalgia and the Post-National Narrative." In The New Order of War. (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2010).

Selected Presentations

"Is There a Text in This Image? Memory and Memorialization in the Post-War Balkans." International Comparative Literature Association Meeting. University of Paris, Sorbonne. July 2013. 

"The Forensics of Memorialization in Post-War Balkan Photography." Genealogies of Memory/Regions of Memory. Warsaw University. Poland. November 2012.

"In Absentia: Yugoslavia and the Changing Face of Portraiture." American Comparative Literature Association. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. March 2012.

Personal Interests

I have traveled widely and believe that going out into the world is the best way to continually learn about it and myself. I also love to read and write, study foreign languages, walk long distances, practice yoga, and sit on my mother's porch in southern New Mexico.